I got my IUD 7 months ago, and, let me tell you, it was a rocky experience.

Insertion was a pain in the uterus, and I thought the pain would never cease. However, after two long months, life got a lot more manageable.

Here’s what I noticed:

The first two months were extremely rough. They consisted of a lot of unwanted spotting and cramps. Unfortunately, it was pretty unpredictable.

In fact, I had to carry around sanitary products with me every day, just in case.

These few months really made me loathe my IUD. I started to contemplate why I put myself through this hell.

However, after two months it was like the clouds had vanished and the sun was shining once again.

Months three and four were relatively normal.

I had breakouts here and there, but nothing like the cysts I had endured in the past.  My acne was super manageable and predictable: I knew that I’d break out at least once a month.

As far as periods go, it seemed the days of dragging around tampons were over.

For the first time in my life, I was happy to not have a period. It felt like I had one less thing to worry about (which is exactly what you want when you’re in college and working).

This patterns continued into months five, six, and seven.

As of today, I have not had a period in 120 days, and my acne only flares up when I am really stressed.

Somehow after years of enduring horrible birth control experiences, I have found something that works for my body. This is an incredibly liberating experience.

As a result, I encourage all of you to investigate your options. Are you happy with your current form of birth control? Have you talked to your doctor about all of your options?

Thankfully, there are countless options out there when it comes to birth control. If you are unhappy, or thinking about taking birth control, talk to your doctor.

Instead of settling for just the pill, start reading up on other options. Moreover, don’t be afraid to track your cycles in order to get more familiar with your body.

It is imperative to understand the inner-workings of your cycle. If you do not have a firm knowledge of this, you will struggle to find the right birth control.

Finally, do not be afraid to talk to your fellow grrls about their experiences. Of course, everyone experiences birth controls differently, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be an open line of communication.

I wrote this article not as an advertisement for the Mirena IUD, but, instead, to inform the uninformed grrls of an option that is out there.

So, start googling, chatting, and talking to your doctor to see what your options are!

Conversely, I understand that birth control is not for everyone, and that is ok too!

However, there are still options out their for grrls who do not wish to take birth control.

I am a firm believer that every grrl should have a period-tracking app downloaded onto their phone.

These tracking services make you feel like you have more control over your body, and that is, ultimately, the goal of all birth controls.

Personally, I use Flo. However, like birth control, there are a lot of options out there. Talk to your friends, and search the app store to see what is best for your body and schedule.

Ultimately, it is your body and it is your choice–whether you go get an IUD today or never take BC in your life.

Above all, it is important to understand your body, and do what is best for you!